Man, is Fall 2013 just killing it so far or what? This weekend we’ve got the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, the Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree, the return of roller skating at the Lyceum, and much, much more. Check it out!
Simchat Torah Across Brooklyn
When: Thursday September 26, 6:30-11pm
Where: Grand Army Plaza
What: The Jewish community from all over Brooklyn joins in rejoicing, singing, and dancing with the sacred scrolls. Family Kabbalat HaTorah begins at 6:30, withfamily-friendly music, dancing with Torahs, and flag waving. Ma’ariv, coordinated by Congregation Beth Elohim, begins at 7pm, followed by Hakafot at 7:45. When the outdoor permit expires at 11pm, the celebration will move into Union Temple of Brooklyn.
How much: Free!
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
When: Thursday September 26-Sunday September 29
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street & Union Hall, 702 Union Street
What: It’s that wonderful time, when favorite local comedian Eugene Mirman gathers up his funniest friends and colleagues for the best weekend ever: the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Most of the Bell House events have sold out (apologies if you were interested in seeing Neil deGrasse Tyson, Wyatt Cenac, or Kristen Schaal) but there’s still enough amazing talent to overwhelm all the Brooklyn comedy nerds. Check out the full lineup here.
How much: $10-20, tickets available here and here.
2 Book Minimum: Stand-up Comedy
When: Friday September 27, 9:30pm
Where: Community Bookstore, 143 7th Avenue
What: Every last Friday of the month, writer-comedians Dan Wilbur and Ross Hyzer close down Community Bookstore for a free night of stand-up, stories, and a few drunken ramblings about their favorite books. This month, the lineup includes Mike Drucker (writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Elliott Kalan (writer for The Daily Show), and Alison Leiby (co-author of Lean Over).
How much: Free!
Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree
When: Friday September 27, 7:30pm & Saturday September 28, 12:30-10:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West
What: The 14th Annual Jamboree kicks off on Friday night with a high-energy bluegrass concert by bluegrass icons James Reams & The Barnstormers. The next day’s schedule features a full day of activities, with workshops in banjo, fiddle, harmony singing and more (full workshop schedule here), plus all-day jamming, a Fiddling Round Robin, and an evening concert featuring many fine performers and special guests. Food will be served on Saturday.
How much: Friday’s concert: $10/adults, $6/children; Saturday: $5 admission
Gowanus Bird Walk
When: Saturday September 28, 10am-12pm
Where: Meet at Gowanus Studio Space, 166 7th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
What: Witness the spectacle of autumn migration in NYC as songbirds follow the Atlantic migratory flyway southward to their tropical wintering grounds. As part of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s lecture series, urban naturalist and NYC bird expert Gabriel Willow will be your guide as you look for swallows, tanagers, warblers, flycatchers, and other neo-tropical migrants in the wilds along the banks of the Gowanus Canal. Bring binoculars if you have them, and comfortable walking shoes.
How much: $5 suggested donation
Roller Skating At The Lyceum
When: Saturday September 28 & Sunday September 29, 2-6pm
Where: Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue
What: The Brooklyn Lyceum is turning into a roller rink on a weekly basis starting this weekend, so grab your skates (disclaimer: you need to bring your own), put on your best 70s getup, and spend your afternoon rolling around to disco music.
How much: $5